Texas families want equal opportunities for their children; however, many home school families are discovering obstacles for their graduates. Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) serves Texas families by providing home school families with resources and legal protection during the home schooling years; however, its interest in helping home school students goes even further than high school graduation. Currently, the THSC Watchmen are working with Senator Charles Perry on passing a piece of legislation that would help non-traditional students, especially home school students, receive equal opportunities of acceptance into college.
As it stands right now, some state colleges do not treat non-traditional students as fairly as those coming from accredited high schools. Oftentimes, when these students apply for acceptance to these schools, they are automatically assigned a default class rank under the 50th percentile merely because they graduated from an unaccredited, non-traditional school, including a home school. Furthermore, these same non-traditional students are sometimes required to score higher than average on standardized testing to even be considered for admission.
Senate Bill 1543 solves this problem, helping to end discrimination against home school students and other non-traditional students. This bill would prohibit state colleges from assigning students a default class rank under the 50th percentile mark. In addition, it would not allow state colleges to require these same non-traditional students to score higher than average for admission into the school.
THSC believes in equal opportunities for home school students and Texas families, and will continue to push legislation like Senate Bill 1543 in order to make these equal opportunities more accessible.
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